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LATISM '13 (Video and Pics Included!)

October 23, 2013
Photo below from left to right: me; Sylvia Aguilera, director of government relations for McDonald's Corporation; Jes Sofia Valle, CEO of the Bloggers of Health network; Ana Roca Castro, founder of LATISM, education tech developer and CEO of Plaza Familia ; and Laurita Tellado, the force behind the Holdin' Out for a Hero and Expresso con Leche communities. New York, NY -- As I mentioned in two previous blog posts here and here , I was gone three of four weekends in September for conferences. Last stop? The Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) annual conference at the Waldorf...
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Hispana Leadership Summit 2013 (Pics Included!)

October 17, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Let's call September 2013 the month of the conference, shall we? I traveled three of four weekends for blogging, social media and networking conferences. Two of those conferences, including the Hispana Leadership Summit , took place in my childhood home state of Florida. I felt incredibly honored to be among two of my MomsRising (Latina) colleagues as well as strong Hispanic women from all professional backgrounds. We were inspired by motivational speakers, sessions on how to balance work and life, and of course, many opportunities to network with one another. Our opening...
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The Social Justice Movement Emerging in North Carolina

August 27, 2013
The kids were sitting “crisscross apple sauce” and waiting for story time to begin. Almost a thousand people gathered in Durham, North Carolina to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday -- a sea of black, brown, and white faces looking expectantly at the stage. And when Ms. Virginia Williams stepped up to speak, she took all of us -- children, college students, parents, and grandparents alike -- back in time with her to Durham in the hot summer of 1957 when she and six other young people staged a sit-in at the Royal Ice Cream Parlor. It was an effort that led to the first court case testing the...
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"My STRAIGHT Son Was Repeatedly Denied Promotions For 'Being Gay'"

July 18, 2013
I love my son. Like any mother, I would do anything for him -- anything to make sure that he can live up to his potential and fulfill all of his dreams. That's why I was completely stunned when my son -- my straight son -- was refused promotions at work for being gay. I grew up in a small town in southeastern Ohio where everyone looked like me. There was zero diversity in my early childhood. As I moved into junior high, I began hearing words like "sissy," and "dyke"...all describing people I considered friends. After my first year of college, my friend Michelle was the first person who came...
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MomsRising.org at Netroots Nation -- Pics and Audio Included! #nn13

June 28, 2013
The MomsRising.org staff members who attended Netroots Nation from left to right: Angélique Roché, dream hampton, Elisa Batista, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Karen Showalter, and Anita Sarah Jackson SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Six MomsRising.org staff members were in San Jose, California last week to partake in a series of activities at the Netroots Nation activism conference. It's a place where grassroots and Internet activists can swap ideas on issues and best practices. What was especially exciting for us is that our issues -- namely, family economic security -- were front and center at the conference...
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TAKE ACTION: Get together with MomsRising members near you!

June 24, 2013
Have you heard about our new BIG IDEA floating around called MomsRising Near You? Around the country brilliant, fierce moms like you are signing up to say they're interested in getting together once a month with other MomsRising members, and we want you to get in on the excitement! What's so exciting about this? MomsRising has already mobilized millions of people to take action and WIN family-friendly policies for women and children. Just imagine what we could do if we regularly came together in-person. What's The Big Idea: Get together once a month with other MomsRising members and friends...
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